We know this stuff can be confusing, and we are here to help. Here are some resources that might help you along the way as you learn about DMCA and copyright law:
We’ve also developed tools and features to make sure that you stay informed about copyright issues and to help you build good streaming habits:
- Copyright Audio Warnings is a system that will notify you if multiple instances of copyrighted audio are detected in your VODs. This system is designed to increase streamers’ awareness of our content recognition system and their use of copyrighted audio generally. When multiple instances of copyrighted audio are detected in the last 24 hours:
- Your “always publish VOD” setting will be toggled OFF to give you an opportunity to review your VODs after your stream. You can toggle this setting back on by visiting your stream settings .
- You will be notified via an on-site notification and email about what copyrighted audio was detected (Note: these are not DMCA notifications or copyright strikes)
- We recognize that streamers might want to have different audio for their live streams and their archives and clips. To support this, we’ve built first-party tooling in Twitch Studio to allow streamers to select multiple audio tracks to send to Twitch, please see here for more information. We have also worked with broadcasting software providers like OBS to support similar functionality. For more information on how that works on OBS, see here .
- You can review information about DMCA notifications identifying content on your channel in your Copyright Claims Manager .
- Check out our help article that features recommended third-party licensed music options for streamers.
Streaming on Twitch is a journey and you’ll learn a lot of things along the way. We hope this course helped you better understand copyright law so that you can achieve all your goals on Twitch.
A portion of one of my VODs was muted - does this mean someone sent a DMCA notification and I received a copyright strike?
It does not. Twitch works with a third-party service to scan VODs as a proactive way to help broadcasters avoid having videos containing potentially unauthorized audio. If copyrighted audio is detected in a VOD, we automatically mute that portion of the VOD. The fact that one of your VODs was muted does not mean that you received a DMCA notification. If you believe your VOD was muted in error – for example, because you own or have a license to the track(s) that led to the muting or did not play the track in your stream – and would like to have the VOD unmuted, please follow the steps outlined in How to Appeal Muted Audio . Please note, however, that if the muted portion of your VOD contains unauthorized copyrighted material, a person or entity that holds a copyright in that material may choose to send a notification of claimed infringement pursuant to Twitch’s DMCA Guidelines , which could lead to a strike being issued against your channel.
You said that Twitch scans VODs and clips for copyrighted audio. Do I still have to be mindful about what might be in these archives?
Yes. Your content is your responsibility, and you should ensure that when you stream and create recorded videos on Twitch, you aren’t infringing someone else’s copyrighted work. (Of course, you should also ensure that the content you stream or upload doesn’t otherwise violate Twitch’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.) Moreover, no technology is foolproof, and it should not be a substitute for you following the rules. In the event you might have streamed copyrighted audio and captured that live stream in recorded videos, consider reviewing those videos and removing any where you are not sure whether you have the necessary permission or authority to include copyrighted audio in them.
I have hundreds of Highlights and VODs saved. What can I do to effectively manage this content?
Twitch has developed several tools to help creators manage their VODs and Highlights. First, we allow streamers to “unpublish” these videos, which can help streamers review the content before choosing to publish them. Second, in the event you want to remove VODs or Highlights from Twitch, we have built tools to allow streamers to delete videos in bulk (up to 20 videos at a time) or all at once. For more information on how to manage your VODs, check out the VODs help article . It’s important to note that once you delete content from your channel, it can not be restored.